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ORNL Testing Compact “Emu Chick” Memory Server for Big Data

Today Emu Technology announced that it has delivered an Emu Chick Memory Server to Oak Ridge National Laboratory. “ORNL intends to study the system for streaming graph analysis applications, sparse multilinear computations, and other memory-intensive problems, as we continue to test the potential of emerging computing technologies to further our mission within the DOE,” said Jeffrey S. Vetter, Director of the Future Technologies Group at ORNL’s Computer Science and Mathematics Division.

Video: HPC Opportunities in Deep Learning

“This talk will provide empirical evidence from our Deep Speech work that application level performance (e.g. recognition accuracy) scales with data and compute, transforming some hard AI problems into problems of computational scale. It will describe the performance characteristics of Baidu’s deep learning workloads in detail, focusing on the recurrent neural networks used in Deep Speech as a case study. It will cover challenges to further improving performance, describe techniques that have allowed us to sustain 250 TFLOP/s when training a single model on a cluster of 128 GPUs, and discuss straightforward improvements that are likely to deliver even better performance.”

Driving Collaborative Research Partnerships at IBM

Martina Naughton presented this talk at the HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference. “IBM has a strong tradition of research collaboration with academia. We go beyond the boundaries of our IBM labs to work with colleagues in universities around the world to address global grand challenge problems. We also foster collaborative research related to transformation and innovation of businesses and governments, relationships through fellowships, grants, and funding for programs of shared interest.”

EPA Joins National Consortium for Data Science

“The work we do involves capturing and analyzing huge environmental data sets so that the government can make informed policy decisions that protect humans and the environment,” said Ron Hines, Associate Director for Health at the EPA’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, N.C. “We have collaborated with the NCDS on some of its initiatives in the past and having a seat at its leadership table will help us connect with leading data researchers, access data resources and infrastructure, and contribute to the development of future NCDS strategies.”

Call for Participation: ISC 2017 in Frankfurt

“ISC High Performance 2017 is now open to a number of submission opportunities. Whether your interest lies in research posters, project posters, birds-of-a-feather (BoF) sessions or the PhD forum, ISC is welcoming proposals from all members of the high performance computing community. ISC High Performance is looking forward to continuing its tradition as the largest HPC conference and exhibition in Europe. It will be attended by over 3,000 academicians, industry leaders and end users from around the world. The ISC exhibition annually attracts around 150 organizations, including supercomputing, storage and network vendors, as well as universities, research centers, laboratories and international projects.”

Seagate HPC User Forum Coming to SC16

The 3rd Annual Seagate HPC User Forum is coming to SC16 on Nov. 14. “We’re venturing well beyond legacy boundaries. Are you confused about the real future of HPC storage? Is it all flash like the hype suggests? Are reliable spinning disks still going to be relevant? Is there a better answer? Join us Monday, November 14 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Seagate’s 3rd annual HPC User Forum to get your questions answered and learn about the newest HPC direction and innovations firsthand from four industry leaders.”

Apply Now for ISC 2017 Student Cluster Competition

Attention students: there is still time to enter your team into the ISC-HPCAC Student Cluster Competition. As part of the ISC 2017 conference, the Student Cluster Competition will take place June 18-22 in Frankfurt, Germany. The ISC-HPCAC Student Cluster Competition is an opportunity to showcase student expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition. The competition […]

Dell EMC Isilon Goes All-Flash for Unstructured Data

Today Dell EMC announced a new member of the Dell EMC Isilon product family. Designed around an all-flash, the Isilon scale-out family of NAS storage is designed to help IT organizations modernize their infrastructure and deliver on the capabilities of a digital business.

Simulating Jellyfish Blooms to Protect Coastal Power Stations

Scientists at the University of Bristol are working with the energy industry to develop an ‘early warning tool’ to predict jellyfish blooms that can cause serious problems by clogging the water intakes of coastal power plants. “To achieve this we will be translating previous research using a state-of-the-art marine dispersal modeling system to simulate the transport of jellyfish blooms by ocean currents, incorporating specific biological behaviors of jellyfish.”

TotalView: Debugging from Desktop to Supercomputer

Peter Thompson from Rogue Wave Software presented this talk at the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing. “Purpose-built for applications using hundreds or thousands of cores, TotalView for HPC provides a set of tools that give scientific and academic developers unprecedented control over processes and thread execution, along with deep visibility into program states and data. By allowing the simultaneous debugging of many processes and threads in a single window, you get complete control over program execution: running, stepping, and halting line-by-line through code within a single thread or within arbitrary groups of processes or threads.”